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Pennsylvania Education Cuts

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The cuts to education in the proposed state budget represent a vast funding decrease to K-12 schools. The gaping holes left in many public school system’s budgets threaten to cause an end to many essential programs as well as forcing the furlough of much needed employees. Many districts are being forced to consider changing/terminating Kindergarten programs, Transportation, Athletics, and Language and Arts curriculum to name a few. A well rounded education is dependent on much more than English, math, and science classes.
Our districts are being forced to consider letting teachers go, increasing class sizes, eliminating teacher assistants, and the possibility of schools disappearing altogether. By cutting the education budget, our children are being deprived of the best possible education. Education is paramount to the future success of our children.
“A cuts-only approach will not begin to solve the problems we are experiencing; in fact, it only ensures we will pay an even higher premium socially & economically, personally & professionally, for decades to come. You are creating further inequality between the haves and have-nots, ensuring that only those families, schools, districts, and communities with money will be able to bridge the gap between the ideal of high expectations and the practicality of financial resources.”
As the Governor, do you really believe that every child should receive an education that will enable and prepare them to become our future leaders? If so, how will eliminating positions in the schools and increasing class sizes help kids perform at or above grade level so that they can graduate and become successful, productive members of society.
 As parents, we do not wish to see our children’s education jeopardized. As students, we expect an education that will allow us to be competitive with the rest of the country and the world. As constituents, we require a re-evaluation of the proposed cuts to education. While we agree that a balanced state budget is needful, it CANNOT come at the cost of our children’s future.
We call on the Pennsylvania General Assembly and Governor Corbett asking them to PUT EDUCATION FIRST! Revise or rescind from the state budget the cuts to education.


John Riley


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